Our favorite Android apps to replace Google Podcasts | Phones

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For those in the US, Google Podcasts is set to shut down after today, April 2. We’ve tested quite a few other podcast apps on Android and selected our favorite replacements for Google Podcasts.

For an app to make it into our list, one of the key requirements is support for importing OPML files. While Google Podcasts offers a streamlined way to transition your podcast subscriptions to YouTube Music, the app also provides an option to save a standard OPML file to be opened elsewhere. For years, podcast apps and RSS readers have used OPML files as a standardized way to export/import subscriptions.

Top-voted: Pocket Casts

Used by four members of the 9to5Google team (Abner, Andrew, Damien, and Kyle), our favorite Android app to replace Google Podcasts is Pocket Casts.

Pocket Casts has been serving podcasts to users across Android and iOS for over a decade now, so the app’s experience has been thoroughly refined in that time. In many ways, Pocket Casts expands beyond Google Podcasts’ simplified feature set by offering unique features like listening stats.

Getting set up is a cinch, as you can log in with your Google Account or a traditional email/password. Afterward, to carry over your shows from Google Podcasts, you can head to the Profile tab, tap the gear icon for settings, and choose “Import & export OPML.” By signing in with an account, your podcast library and listening history will stay in sync across devices for free…

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